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...policies of the UPA government. Mining activity came to a halt in the open cast and underground mines at Kothagudem, Ramagundam and Bellampalli.

The strike hit SCCL management’s efforts to achieve the targeted 55.8 million tonne production by the end of the current fiscal. The SCCL began fresh talks with workers to dissuade them from going ahead with the strike on Thursday.

The strike, however, evoked mixed response in urban areas including Hyderabad. APSRTC buses remained off the roads in a majority of the districts and autorickshaws too did not ply.

Industrial activity in Medak, Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam was badly hit as workers abstained from duties.

Tense moments were witnessed when members of trade unions who gathered in large numbers at the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram proceeded towards the Secretariat raising slogans against the government.

Police, however, prevented their march and shifted them to various locations, even as similar rallies and demonstrations were organised in different districts.

The State government employees did not directly participate in the strike but expressed their solidarity wearing black badges. Meanwhile, the major trade unions claimed that the strike was successful.